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WILLIAJM VON HUMBOU)T.                  377
rior one, and Jahn remained standing at last, as if
he did not know whether he had been fooled or not.
Of former acquaintances, Humboldt met Cardinal
Gonsalvi, who appeared as the pope's representative.
Major von Hedemann also visited his future father-
in-law during this period. The bookseller Gotta came,
deputed by his colleagues ; besides many other diplo-
matic and non-diplomatic persons.
Several   adventures  and anecdotes   of Humboldt
have  also been handed  down from this  period,  of
which we only give the two most characteristic ones.
The first was a serious one, namely,, a duel, wMdt
had nearly stained the calm arena of the congress
with blood, and which caused the more astonishment
because  the combatants were not two  young  hot-
heads, but two  sober, sedate men, both ministers of
the same great power—Humboldt and the Prussian
minister-of-war, Herr von Bogen,    These men quar-
relled, in consequence of an almost childish, breach of
etiquette,    in   which,   however, Humboldt's wanton
humour  deserves some little censure.    The minister
had been invited to a conference of the five powers?
to give some explanations regarding the approaching
campaign.    The matter had been settled, and other
things were to be discussed, for which the presence of
the minister seemed inappropriate.    Instead of simply
stating this to   him,  Humboldt led Mm out of the
room under a reason which excited the military man's
anger.    Bogen demanded satisfaction, arms in band,
and Humboldt, whose courage never failed Mm, and
whose presence of mind never deserted him, accepted
the challenge with the most cheerful air in the world.
The   duel  took  place.    No witnesses  were present
except Hardenberg, and the  physician,  Dr. KoreflE
The combatants fought seriously and conscientiously*
but it seemed as if both were invulnerable j and after
two pistol shots on each side, they were reconciled.
Many were amused at the very susceptible honour of
the minister, Von Bogen, but all admired tne calm-
ness and chivalry, and tne good humour of his adver-